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Japanese ministry predicts technology in 2025

April 17th, 2006 · No Comments

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is predicting a society in which robots play a valuable social role and alternative fuel sources power consumer electronics. The Ministry’s Technology Strategy Map 2006 looks ahead to life in 2025, with the aim of setting goals for Japan’s leading high-technology manufacturers.
Amongst its many predictions are a coming of age for robotics, with automated rescue workers helping the emergency services as well as caring for senior citizens, and the commonplace use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags, with household appliances able to read and react to them. For example, a refrigerator would read the tags and know the sell-by dates of all produce it stores, and advise its owner accordingly.
Come 2025, long-lasting fuel cells are expected to be ubiquitous for mobile devices and personal computers. Medical science will also see some of the biggest advances; METI predicts that genetic mapping will be used to help prevent diseases like cancer.
It’s not all blue-sky dreaming either. To help ensure this fiction becomes fact, METI will help fund those companies developing the kind of high-tech products it envisages.

Tags: Miscellaneous items · Robots · Trade

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